Drowned 'Bugatti' car found in lake expected to fetch £85,000

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Why would somebody pay that much for rusted metal? It's a clever way to make money for somebody!
It would be the same kind of person that actually cares what Brian Sewell thinks.......

Cars (barn finds) of this nature gain their value often because of who says it's valuable rather than it's intrinsic value.

This one also happens to be attached to a (very valid) charitable cause. Many people like to publicly open their wallets for a bit of charidy...but don't like to talk about it obviously.
 
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I would guess it will sell for 5-10 times the estimate

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80%'s about right - by volume, right? The 20% of it that's air should be a doddle.
 

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Why would somebody pay that much for rusted metal? It's a clever way to make money for somebody!
Bet it's not as rusty as a 10 year old e-class:D
 

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What price originality?

This does pose the question about car "originality" Just how much of the original car will be incorporated into the rebuild? Is there a limit to this % i.e. needs 80% restoration??? At what point does the restored car stop being " original" and just a very accurate "clone" of the original. Sure it will have original chassis number and history, but is it really the same car that rolled out of Ettore Bugatti's works so many years ago?- I doubt it. If this particular car had a winning competition track record-perhaps driven by one of Bugatti's famous racing drivers- then maybe. Otherwise a "trinket" to bought by some fabulously wealthy collector. The ultimate irony is it then enters a "alternative reality" where it becomes "without real value" to the majority of motor-sport enthusiasts.
 

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